A Merewether man who was pulled from the surf unconscious on Thursday has passed away in hospital.
The 67 year old was found floating face down in the water at Dixon Park Beach, after he was earlier spotted standing on a sandbank about 20 metres offshore.
He was rescued by lifeguards and given CPR before being rushed to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
Sadly he lost his life overnight.
Newcastle Police are preparing a report for the coroner.